2022 CFMoto 650 Adventura
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by Ron Lieback
1d ago
The CFMoto 650 Adventura was designed as a capable yet affordable entry into the ultra-popular middleweight adventure bike category. (CFMoto/) Ups Peppy 649cc parallel-twin engine 5-inch full-color TFT display Attractive styling Downs Poor airflow funnels engine heat directly toward rider 17-inch standard wheels The 650 Adventura is available in two colors, Nebula White and Athens Blue. The MSRP is $6,799, and the bike comes with a two-year manufacturer warranty. (CFMoto/) Verdict The CFMoto 650 Adventura doesn’t quite have what it takes to compete toe-to-toe in the middleweight adventur ..read more
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Motorcycle Kickstands Down – It’s Story Time
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by Anders T. Carlson
4d ago
Do you like public speaking? The view from the stage. (Anders T. Carlson/) The most mundane motorcycle trip can involve anything from harrowing experiences to minor victories. It’s like fishing that way, except not boring or stationary, and with lots more leather. Things usually happen just once, but telling the story lets us relive it and make sense of it. It’s how we simultaneously cheat death along with time and space. If you couldn’t tell stories about riding, would you keep riding? Probably. But it wouldn’t be as much fun without sharing wild exaggerations or understated observations abo ..read more
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Octane and UBCO Make Electric Vehicle Purchases Easier
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by Byron Wilson
1w ago
Getting an electric bike will be easier than ever thanks to a new partnership between Octane and UBCO. (Anders T. Carlson/) Octane Lending Inc. has announced a partnership with UBCO, an adventure electric bike company based in Oregon, to make vehicle purchasing easier for ebike riders. Editor’s note: learn more about UBCO’s ebikes in the Front Wheel Burnouts and Utilitarian Fun: Meet the UBCO 2x2 article. The deal gives customers a hassle-free path to purchase, with an easy online financing application and soft-pull tools that do not affect credit scores. These enhancements to the purchasing ..read more
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2022 Ducati V2 Bayliss First Championship 20th Anniversary Edition
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by Blake Conner
1w ago
In addition to the one-off tribute graphics, the Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary Edition also comes with premium Öhlins suspension, a custom triple clamp, and special exhaust. (Ducati/) Ups Upgraded Öhlins suspension is worth every penny Beautiful paint and graphics Track-ready out of the crate Downs Cockpit a bit tight depending on your size A bit pricey for a middleweight Verdict It’s the last of the V-twin superbikes in Ducati’s lineup, and the Panigale V2 Bayliss is also a gem. Not only does the Superquadro engine provide the right combination of power and perfor ..read more
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Best Motorcycles of EICMA 2022
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by Anders T. Carlson
1w ago
Acre and acres of shiny Ducatis at the EICMA 2022 show. (EICMA/) You probably didn’t go to the EICMA 2022, the big new-motorcycle show in Milan that ran from November 8–12. Even if you had, 1,370 different brands from 45 countries spread across six pavilions meant you couldn’t possibly have experienced everything. The EICMA, or Milan Motorcycle Show, has existed for more than 100 years. This year’s show gave us notable industry storylines and multiple “Best of” examples of design, marketing, and engineering. We’ll save time by combining the two. Disagree? Tell us how wrong we were in the comm ..read more
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2023 Yamaha Niken GT First Look Preview
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by Serena McKnight
1w ago
The European market can look forward to the new and improved Niken GT for sporty three-wheeled touring in 2023. (Yamaha/) The 2023 EICMA show saw Yamaha reveal a significant number of revisions to the 2023 Niken GT. From increased cubic capacity to electronics and creature comforts, little has been untouched on the three-wheeled sport tourer. Editor’s note: We three-wheeled around on the Niken GT during the 2019 Yamaha Niken GT MC Commute Review article and video. Touring is still at the forefront of the Niken’s design, but now there’s more power, improved electronics, and other revisions to ..read more
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2023 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+ First Look Preview
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by Byron Wilson
1w ago
Yamaha’s new tech promise to make the Tracer 9 GT+ a safer machine. (Yamaha/) Yamaha will offer its most sophisticated Tracer to date for 2023 with the new Tracer 9 GT+. The revised sport-touring machine gets numerous electronic upgrades augmenting engine, suspension, and braking performance along with a few creature comfort enhancements. As of this writing, Yamaha has no plans to release the 2023 model in the States; riders outside the USA can expect to see the machine in dealerships starting in May 2023. Editor’s note: We test rode the standard Tracer 9 GT during the 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT ..read more
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2022 Yamaha MT-10
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by Blake Conner
1w ago
Yamaha’s MT-10 is designed for sport-riding enthusiasts who want their superbike-level performance in a comfortable, upright package. (Yamaha/) Ups Yamaha’s CP4 engine is ideal for a naked Six-axis IMU means top-notch electronics Great chassis and suspension Downs Transformers styling isn’t for everyone Feels a bit short of Euro competition in outright power Verdict Riders who want the everyday practicality of an upright-naked sportbike but don’t want to spend north of $20,000 should take a serious look at the MT-10. The bike delivers in every aspect of the riding experience, from soulful ..read more
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Royal Enfield’s 2023 Super Meteor 650 Cruiser Preview
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by Byron Wilson
1w ago
2023 Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 Tourer in Celestial Red. (Courtesy of Royal Enfield/) Royal Enfield is aiming to get a piece of the midsize cruiser market in the States in 2023 with its Super Meteor 650. The platform uses the brand’s existing 648cc twin engine to create a relaxed, capable cruiser that will likely have an appealing price tag. As usual, Enfield worked with Harris Performance, the UK-based motorcycle performance firm Eicher Motors Ltd. acquired back in 2015, to create a brand-new chassis. The aim was high-speed stability and easy handling. The design, a steel tube frame susp ..read more
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Aprilia’s Superlight 2023 RS 660 Extrema
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by Byron Wilson
2w ago
The 2023 Aprilia RS 660 Extrema pays homage to the Aprilia 125 Extrema produced between 1992 and 1994. (Aprilia/) As part of this year’s EICMA Motorcycle Show, Aprilia showcased a lighter version of its popular RS 660 middleweight sportbike. The RS 660 Extrema packs numerous elements which help it to shave weight, giving it one of the most impressive power to weight ratios in the class. There’s no information on pricing or if the bike will be available in the States, but in the meantime it sure is fun to look at. Editor’s note: we’ve reported on the performance of the RS 660 during the 2021 A ..read more
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